Feature Stories

We’ve got something for everyone here in Features — people stories, off-the-beaten-path kind of stories, science-in-action sagas. Take your pick!

2 August 2018

BiSCCO breakthrough

MagLab experts fine-tuned a furnace for pressure-cooking a novel superconducting magnet. Now they're about to build its big brother.

19 June 2018

"SnackChat" builds community at the MagLab

Monthly gatherings prepare employees for the dreaded awkward elevator ride.

4 June 2018

Rooting for Team Science

From physics to chemistry to biology, science isn’t for loners anymore. It takes a squad to make progress in an increasingly interdisciplinary world.

9 May 2018

Ryan Rodgers makes it happen

With determination, confidence and a top-notch team, this MagLab chemist exposed the complex secrets of crude oil, busting open a vast, new field.

5 April 2018

CellBert named lab’s Most Valuable Bot

The MagLab’s DC Field Facility hit pay dirt with this hire, who works tirelessly to keep magnet cells spick and span.

19 February 2018

Ten ways sports can make you a better scientist

Looking for something to give you the edge in your research? Join the team.

12 February 2018

A match made in physics

Whether with people, particles or the forces of physics, love always finds a way.

4 October 2017

Stuck with Neodymium?

Using high-field electromagnets, scientists explore a promising alternative to the increasingly expensive rare earth element widely used in motors.

17 July 2017

Beating the heat treatment problem

Looking for ways to make better superconductors for the next-generation particle accelerators, a young scientist homed in on how they were heat-treated. He was getting warmer.

1 May 2017

Intro to high-temperature superconductors

At the National MagLab and other labs across the globe, the race to discover ever-warmer superconductors is heating up. Find out what these materials are, what they’re good for and why this field is red hot.

7 October 2016

Tapping into the Topological Promise

At the National MagLab, scientists have been experimenting for years on materials first dreamed up by the newest physics Nobel laureates decades ago.

26 August 2016

MagLab measures a megabeast

When documentary filmmakers needed to know the bite force of a prehistoric megabeast, who did they turn to? The National MagLab.

13 July 2016

Seeing the future through crystals

Deep in their beautiful lattices, crystals hold secrets about the future of technology and science. Ryan Baumbach aims to find them.

1 July 2016

Science and cycling

During the sport's biggest month of the year, MagLab staffers talk about how biking enhances their life — and their science.

23 June 2016

Small wonders

Science in a tight space requires ingenuity, tenacity and a really good pair of tweezers.

14 June 2016

When scientists go on vacation

Time off from the lab can recharge batteries, inspire new insights and give the brain a break — even when a little science sneaks in.

22 April 2016

Sustainable science

At the National MagLab, we believe in renewable, responsible science. Research conducted in high magnetic fields leads to materials and energy solutions that could have lasting impact on our world economy and ecosystem.

6 April 2016

Behind Laura Greene

Hired in 2015 as chief scientist, this eminent physicist brings a dynamic array of talents to the MagLab.

17 March 2016

What's luck got to do with it?

When it comes to science, can fortune tip the scales?

26 February 2016

Student makes smashing discovery about meteorite

At research conducted at the MagLab, a young geochemist uncovers the surprisingly violent origins of a meteorite.